I often say, you can’t eat it if you don’t buy it. That could go both ways. You can’t eat correctly if you don’t shop correctly, and you can’t eat junk if you don’t buy it. You also would never be ‘addicted’ to it if it never existed in the first place! Between you and me, I don’t like to support the products that only take your money and leave you worse off for it any more. I just feel they are not really looking out for your best interests. At the end of the day, it’s about money. And you have to admit, it almost seems like craving those junk foods and sweets almost has the same symptoms as a drug addiction.
What I can say from my experience is that ,once I eliminated those bad food types from my nutrition, after a period of time I would try and have that packet of chips, or whatever junk food I used to ‘crave’, and it would end up leaving me feeling unwell. During the nosh it all went down lip-smackingly good, but without fail it would leave me with an upset stomach. This only gets me thinking to how I used to throw down a heap of sweets and junk food and still feel ‘satisfied’ afterwards (for a short while anyway). I tell you, I question why a product would need your body to be in an ‘accustomed’ environment to be able to enjoy it. It’s not natural and it’s not healthy.
The point to this post though is to list a compilation of Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats that are good sources of those macro-nutrients. Think of it as the quality of fuel you are filling up your car tank with. Even if you don’t care about that, you should care and learn about the fuel for your own body’s energy and condition.
If you read the post on How to Balance Macro-nutrients then you will see the relation to this post. All our foods and drinks have different macro-nutrients so buying the correct foods will allow you to balance them.
Here’s the grocery list:
- Turkey / Chicken (preferably skinless and free-range)
- Eggs (preferably free-range)
- Fish (be careful of high mercury levels)
- Lean Beef (preferably grass fed)
- Vegetables (preferably organic if you are going to eat the skin)
- Fruit (preferably organic if you are going to eat the skin)
- Brown Rice
- Sweet Potato
- Whole Grains (Bread, Pasta)
- Olives and Olive Oil
- Coconut and Coconut Oil
- Raw Nuts (Almonds, Hazelnuts, Cashews, Brazil)
- Seeds (Flax, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower, Chia)
Use the list as a guide line. Notice how I don’t list condiments? (Tomato Sauce, Mustard …) Well, that’s because I don’t include them in my diet unless I make them myself at home. I ordinarily get my nutrition 90% of the time from those food sources.Try your hardest to stay away from full creams and sugars, butter (especially margarine) and processed white flour products. It’s much easier to eat correctly if you keep your fridge and pantry filled with ingredients that supply you with the correct nutrition. If I feel like stepping out of my usual routine then I will go out to have it. I use herbs and spices to give my food flavour, and sauces are made from fresh ingredients. It’s all quite basic really, and that’s what it boils down to: Stick to the Basics.